The Detroit Lions drafted injured wideout Jameson Williams with the idea that he might not be ready to see the field come training camp, and already, that looks to be the case.
Detroit doesn’t seem like they want to rush Williams back, which has been proven by Lions head coach Dan Campbell when he spoke about his plans for the player the rest of the summer and toward camp.
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Speaking to the media before practice on Thursday, June 9, Campbell offered perhaps his most sound timeline for Williams since he joined the team. It’s not looking as if the speedy wideout will be a go for the first day of camp in over a month.
“We’ll have a plan for him moving forward. He’s going to be around here with us. In the short period of time in which he does go home, we know where he’s going to be and who those people are. We’re going to have a plan for him,” Campbell admitted on Thursday.
Even though the recovery process seems to be going well, Campbell doesn’t seem to think that Williams will be on the field for the first day of training camp in late July, which is over a month away.
“That being said, I don’t see him being ready for training camp. I don’t see that. I’m very hopeful, but I don’t see it. We’re going to do this thing the right way, and when he’s ready, he’ll be ready. I don’t feel like you’re going to see him out there day one,” Campbell said.
The Lions need Williams to be good for his career and not simply for 2022, so this timeline isn’t a big deal in Detroit. In fact, it might only be good news when all is said and done that the team is likely to give Williams his time.
Williams’ Return Was Projected by Lions Insider
This kind of timetable for Williams matches up with what folks have been expecting from the beginning. Writing in a recent mailbag segment, Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com was asked about when Williams could be ready to go for the 2022 season. As he explained, it wouldn’t be a shock if that timetable was indeed earlier in the season rather …read more